Our bodies are constantly running a bunch of biochemical reactions that make us work. We’re converting food to energy using oxygen, converting electrochemical impulses to senses through your nerves, converting excess energy to fat, converting proteins to amino acids back to different proteins. Our bodies are magnificent! With all this metabolic activity taking place, there is bound to be some sort of waste materials our bodies need to get rid of. Most of our metabolic waste is removed through our urine, but there is one type of waste product from all these chemical reactions that does not just flow out of us. Some of our metabolic reactions produce waste molecules called oxidants or free radicals. Continue reading What’s The Deal With Antioxidants?
Stress is real and has real consequences on our health. Yes, everyone knows stress can feel bad, but when we remain in stressful situations we do not always have a clear idea about what chronic stress is doing to our bodies. Stress literally can be killing us. It is easy to place stress in the mental health category, and mental health is important and too easily neglected. Stress also affects physical health, literally breaking down your body until you develop illness. Here’s how it works. Continue reading How Stress Breaks Us Down
What do you think of when you say “healthy”? Do you think of a certain body type, a certain physical size? Do you think of salads as the only type of food that can be described as healthy? Do you think in order to be healthy you must be free of any illness? If your healthy brings to mind the imagery or stereotypes that have been sold to you by an industry, then it may be time to rethink “healthy.” Continue reading Dimensions of Health: Finding your own version of “Healthy”
An introduction to the biopsychosocial approach
Many people seem to think and act like health begins and ends with the body. For a long time that is how scientists thought about health as well. However, before modern medicine, there were philosophies of health that incorporated more than just the physical. For some cultures the connection among health and wellbeing, the mind, body and even society has long been recognized. Continue reading Aspects of Health We Often Forget:
When I say diet vs. when other people say diet.
In the field of Nutrition, the word “diet” means something different from what it means to the average person, and I think this is a major source of confusion. When I say “diet” I am referring to all and any foods you consume, everything that goes into your body through your mouth really. When people hear “diet” they think the word refers to a specific Continue reading Thinking Differently About “Diet”
Fiber is often treated as a throw away nutrient. It’s so confusing because even the scientists who categorize nutrients cannot decide if to give it it’s own nutrient category or if it belongs under another nutrient. I was lucky because my mother respected and understood fiber. She would say fiber is like a broom that sweeps out the insides of your digestive system. Continue reading All About Fiber
People probably don’t realize water is a whole nutrient by itself. It’s that important. Most of our body is made up of water, our blood is mostly water and it is used to transport important nutrients, enzymes, hormones, minerals, blood cells, oxygen, carbon dioxide and waste products around the body. Urine (pee) is mostly water and is used to remove dangerous metabolic waste products from the body. Every cell in our bodies (we have several million of them) is essentially tiny bags of water in which all the chemical reactions Continue reading Water – Pure Perfection
Usually, when you hear “vitamins”, the word “minerals” follows closely behind. That’s because they’re both necessary nutrients your body needs to function well which are tiny, and often overlooked. Minerals, like vitamins, are found in a wide variety of foods. They are even smaller than vitamins and in the world of fitness are often referred to as “electrolytes”. Continue reading Minerally Speaking
When we think about vitamins, many of us think about vitamin supplements – pills – we take daily. Actually, we get vitamins naturally in many foods we eat. However, some people take multivitamins or specialty vitamin supplements to make sure they are getting enough, just in case their daily meals are not balanced. Continue reading The Quick and Dirty On Vitamins
If our bodies were a city, proteins would be the bricks used to build it. That’s the analogy I often use. It’s an oversimplification but it works to establish the importance of this nutrient. One of proteins’ many functions are as the building blocks of the body. They are the main component of Continue reading Proteins In A Nutshell